Manny Pacquiao has clarified that he has nothing against gay people in response to all the flack he’s been getting from the Examiner interview he gave.
He says that the reporter asked him his views on gay marriage and he simply said that he is against it. “I am against gay marriage, but I’m not condemning gays,” the boxer said in an interview with The Times.
“I have family — a cousin — who’s gay, and friends, too. I’m just against gay marriage. I don’t even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion.”
The Grove, a Los Angeles mall with a great water feature has recently announce a ban on the boxing champ after new broke out that he was quoted suggesting that gay men should die.
“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at the Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance,” the Grove said in a statement.
“I’m not against gay people. I have a relative who is also gay,” the boxer insisted. “We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”